Azure Policy as an Event Grid source

This article provides the properties and schema for Azure Policy events. For an introduction to event schemas, see Azure Event Grid event schema. It also gives you a list of quick starts and tutorials to use Azure Policy as an event source.

Available event types

Azure Policy emits the following event types:

Event type Description
Microsoft.PolicyInsights.PolicyStateCreated Raised when a policy compliance state is created.
Microsoft.PolicyInsights.PolicyStateChanged Raised when a policy compliance state is changed.
Microsoft.PolicyInsights.PolicyStateDeleted Raised when a policy compliance state is deleted.

Example event

The following example shows the schema of a policy state created event:

[{
    "id": "5829794FCB5075FCF585476619577B5A5A30E52C84842CBD4E2AD73996714C4C",
    "topic": "/subscriptions/<SubscriptionID>",
    "subject": "/subscriptions/<SubscriptionID>/resourceGroups/<ResourceGroup>/providers/<ProviderNamespace>/<ResourceType>/<ResourceName>",
    "data": {
        "timestamp": "2021-03-27T18:37:42.4496956Z",
        "policyAssignmentId": "<policy-assignment-scope>/providers/microsoft.authorization/policyassignments/<policy-assignment-name>",
        "policyDefinitionId": "<policy-definition-scope>/providers/microsoft.authorization/policydefinitions/<policy-definition-name>",
        "policyDefinitionReferenceId": "",
        "complianceState": "NonCompliant",
        "subscriptionId": "<subscription-id>",
        "complianceReasonCode": ""
    },
    "eventType": "Microsoft.PolicyInsights.PolicyStateCreated",
    "eventTime": "2021-03-27T18:37:42.5241536Z",
    "dataVersion": "1",
    "metadataVersion": "1"
}]

The schema for a policy state changed event is similar:

[{
    "id": "5829794FCB5075FCF585476619577B5A5A30E52C84842CBD4E2AD73996714C4C",
    "topic": "/subscriptions/<SubscriptionID>",
    "subject": "/subscriptions/<SubscriptionID>/resourceGroups/<ResourceGroup>/providers/<ProviderNamespace>/<ResourceType>/<ResourceName>",
    "data": {
        "timestamp": "2021-03-27T18:37:42.4496956Z",
        "policyAssignmentId": "<policy-assignment-scope>/providers/microsoft.authorization/policyassignments/<policy-assignment-name>",
        "policyDefinitionId": "<policy-definition-scope>/providers/microsoft.authorization/policydefinitions/<policy-definition-name>",
        "policyDefinitionReferenceId": "",
        "complianceState": "NonCompliant",
        "subscriptionId": "<subscription-id>",
        "complianceReasonCode": ""
    },
    "eventType": "Microsoft.PolicyInsights.PolicyStateChanged",
    "eventTime": "2021-03-27T18:37:42.5241536Z",
    "dataVersion": "1",
    "metadataVersion": "1"
}]

Event properties

An event has the following top-level data:

Property Type Description
topic string Full resource path to the event source. This field isn't writeable. Event Grid provides this value.
subject string The fully qualified ID of the resource that the compliance state change is for, including the resource name and resource type. Uses the format, /subscriptions/<SubscriptionID>/resourceGroups/<ResourceGroup>/providers/<ProviderNamespace>/<ResourceType>/<ResourceName>
eventType string One of the registered event types for this event source.
eventTime string The time the event is generated based on the provider's UTC time.
id string Unique identifier for the event.
data object Azure Policy event data.
dataVersion string The schema version of the data object. The publisher defines the schema version.
metadataVersion string The schema version of the event metadata. Event Grid defines the schema of the top-level properties. Event Grid provides this value.

The data object has the following properties:

Property Type Description
timestamp string The time (in UTC) that the resource was scanned by Azure Policy. For ordering events, use this property instead of the top-level eventTime or time properties.
policyAssignmentId string The resource ID of the policy assignment.
policyDefinitionId string The resource ID of the policy definition.
policyDefinitionReferenceId string The reference ID for the policy definition inside the initiative definition, if the policy assignment is for an initiative. May be empty.
complianceState string The compliance state of the resource with respect to the policy assignment.
subscriptionId string The subscription ID of the resource.
complianceReasonCode string The compliance reason code. May be empty.

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